Leadership is ultimately about causing continual school improvement. In order to improve schools we need to develop them as learning communties in which all members take ownership of this process. I firmly believe that leadership is not something that is directly linked to a position, although this is sometimes how it is interpreted. To me, leadership is an action and is demonstrated on many different levels by many different people within a school. This means that the teachers have a major a part to play in leading school improvement and it is the role of the senior leadership team to enable this.
Schools in a 21st century context must work towards becoming learning communities where leadership is a collective action. The formation of a learning community in which all staff contribute to the whole is no easy task, but begins with the principal and the senior leadership team. A senior leadership team must attempt to be inclusive in decision making, open to opportunities for consultation, use collaborative approaches to professional learning and actively develop shared leadership across the school community.